Can a Fur Baby Inspire You to Be Brave and Dream Big?
From my last post, you know I love my fur baby and have learned some valuable lessons from him on how to take some much-needed time in my day to pause (or should I say, “paws”, LOL!) to recover and revive.
That said, lest I lead you to the conclusion that Chip has it all together, let me tell you a bit about the photo above. On this particular day, Chip was lounging on our bathroom rug as I getting dressed for the day. Inadvertently, a piece of clothing somehow got deposited on top of his napping body. Definitely nothing that could stop a 7 lb. wonder dog from shaking it off and moving on with his day, or could it?
As I watched him for awhile, I realized that this piece of clothing had actually paralyzed him. He wasn’t willing to move an inch because he felt weighed down by the load of this insignificant piece of cloth. While, in reality, he could have easily gotten up, shaken it off with ease, and moved on with his day, he wasn’t willing to even try because the load had landed on him when he was down and he felt destined to stay there.
What Has Landed on You?
Does this sound familiar? Is there something that has “landed” hard on you that has squelched your ability to be brave and dream big? A deep disappointment, a passing criticism, or a seeming rejection? Is it sitting on your back and paralyzing you to the point that you can no longer even move some days? I’ve been there.
Unlike Chip, thankfully we have the human ability to stop and analyze the situation. Is the load you are feeling on your back something you can shake off and move forward from? Most often I find that the load I am bending under is a self-imposed load of fear. Similar to Chip, that fear is often unfounded. It is simply a thief that is prohibiting my ability to move on, be brave, and dream big. Other times it’s a load that I’m not even called or expected to bear but I’ve covered myself in anyway and have become stagnant under someone else’s load. I’ve let someone in my life throw their load there and now I wonder why I’m the one feeling trapped and empty.
If you find yourself under such a load today, let me do what I did for Chip. Let me lean down, lift the burden, and give you permission to bravely crawl out from under whatever is weighing you down. Once I lifted that load from his back, he bravely went about his day. All he needed was a “friend” to see his need and come alongside him. Crawl on out friend, you have an amazing life to live! Chin up, put on your big girl panties, be brave, dream big and live life to the fullest!